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Loftus Road (ATT 15,638) 30th October 2004 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: N Miller

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Burnley Burnley

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Clarets brought back to earth

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 30/10/04 4:55pm

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Burnley were brought back down to earth with a bump after a midweek win against Aston Villa - as manager Steve Cotterill watched his side crumble to a 3-0 loss to QPR.

Rangers have been in startling form this season, but had lost their last two before showing their quality against Burnley - with a Kevin Gallen penalty and goals from Georges Santos and Paul Furlong sealing a convincing win.

To compound Cotterill's misery, goalkeeper Danny Coyne was stretchered off after landing awkwardly in the build-up to Rangers' third.

Graham Branch was adjudged to have tugged Santos' shirt in the 12th minute and Gallen made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Just four minutes later it was 2-0 when a clever set-piece left Santos unmarked to head home from Lee Cook's curling ball into the box.

Coyne's awful error all-but ended Burnley's chances of a comeback. The Wales international missed his kick as a hopeful ball was chased down by the returning Furlong, and he ran on to slot into the empty net.

Coyne was left writhing in agony after the incident and had to be stretchered off, with Brian Jensen coming on to replace him.

Burnley did have chances to cut the deficit, but Robbie Blake's effort was cleared by Frankie Simek and Lee Roche headed over when well place.

Gallen nearly made it 4-0 but contrived to hit the bar from eight yards out, and also had a shot straight at Jensen when well-placed.

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2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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